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MicroRNA-34a dependent regulation of AXL controls the activation of dendritic cells in inflammatory arthritis

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, June 2017
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MicroRNA-34a dependent regulation of AXL controls the activation of dendritic cells in inflammatory arthritis
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Nature Communications, June 2017
DOI 10.1038/ncomms15877
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Mariola Kurowska-Stolarska, Stefano Alivernini, Emma Garcia Melchor, Aziza Elmesmari, Barbara Tolusso, Clare Tange, Luca Petricca, Derek S. Gilchrist, Gabriele Di Sante, Chantal Keijzer, Lynn Stewart, Clara Di Mario, Vicky Morrison, James M. Brewer, Duncan Porter, Simon Milling, Ronald D. Baxter, David McCarey, Elisa Gremese, Greg Lemke, Gianfranco Ferraccioli, Charles McSharry, Iain B. McInnes


Current treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do not reverse underlying aberrant immune function. A genetic predisposition to RA, such as HLA-DR4 positivity, indicates that dendritic cells (DC) are of crucial importance to pathogenesis by activating auto-reactive lymphocytes. Here we show that microRNA-34a provides homoeostatic control of CD1c(+) DC activation via regulation of tyrosine kinase receptor AXL, an important inhibitory DC auto-regulator. This pathway is aberrant in CD1c(+) DCs from patients with RA, with upregulation of miR-34a and lower levels of AXL compared to DC from healthy donors. Production of pro-inflammatory cytokines is reduced by ex vivo gene-silencing of miR-34a. miR-34a-deficient mice are resistant to collagen-induced arthritis and interaction of DCs and T cells from these mice are reduced and do not support the development of Th17 cells in vivo. Our findings therefore show that miR-34a is an epigenetic regulator of DC function that may contribute to RA.

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Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 27%
Researcher 9 18%
Professor 6 12%
Student > Postgraduate 5 10%
Student > Master 5 10%
Other 6 12%
Unknown 6 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 11 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 18%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 16%
Immunology and Microbiology 8 16%
Neuroscience 3 6%
Other 5 10%
Unknown 7 14%

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